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Namco Bandai awarded distribution rights to The Witcher 2

Thursday, 8th December 2011 04:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A French court has ruled in favour of Namco Bandai in a suit the publisher initiated over the distribution rights to The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

Parkiet reports a Lyonnese court ruled developer CD Projekt RED must offer Namco Bandai a distribution deal on the Xbox 360 version of the game within 15 days of the decision, or face fines of €15,000 each day thereafter.

Namco Bandai sued CD Projekt RED for violation of the distribution contract for The Witcher 2 on two counts; first for removing the game’s DRM, and then for signing with THQ for the distribution of the Xbox 360 version.

CD Projekt had argued that the agreement between the two companies had only applied to the PC version of the game, but failed to convince the authorities.

“We are not satisfied with the end of the verdict. The most important thing for us is, however, ending the dispute,” CD Projekt RED’s Marcin Iwinski said. He went on to explain that the developer’s agreement with THQ was in the early stages, and shouldn’t cause much financial difficulty to cancel.

The ruling apparently doesn’t apply to the US, where a deal with Warner Bros will go ahead as planned.

A multi-million dollar marketing campaign is planned for the Xbox 360 port, which is now expected in the first quarter of 2012.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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13 Comments

  1. Blerk

    Christ, the console versions of The Witcher are cursed, I swear it. This had better not end in disaster again or I’ll be cross.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Suikoden Fan

    Namco as much as I like you, FUCK YOU for supporting DRM and suing them over that

    #2 3 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: As much as i love CD Projekt; If it is in the contract, it is in the contract. They should’ve agreed on something else before they signed it.

    If you ask me, CD Projekt is the one that fucked up here.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. endgame

    @3 yes zero thank you for supporting DRM. u r a great person!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gurdil

    @4 I don’t think anyone on vg247 actually supports DRM but YoungZero has a point. It’s unfortunate but if DRM was part of the contract, CD Projekt is bound to respect that. Of course we’d have all preferred if the court went in CD Projekt’s favor but business is business and if you don’t respect a contract, then what’s the point of signing it?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Edo

    Everything that these sellouts deserve!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Suikoden Fan

    how on earth are they sellout?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. viralshag

    I like CD Projekt but it sounds like their legal department dropped the ball on this one.

    If the agreement applied to distribution on the PC only, then this would have been a clear cut case if there was no ambiguity in the contract. Which there must have been if they could not prove otherwise.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    @5: Exactly. Thank you.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    It looks like they’re sueing them over options, not an actual deal. They signed for the PC version, but I’m guessing that it’s standard procedure to option the 360 as well. Which only really means that Namco gets first dibs on a distribution deal.

    If they don’t accept it, CD Projekt can still shop the offer, so it seems a little iffy.

    I reckon that Namco is worth more than THQ at this point, so maybe they’re better off anyway.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Moonwalker1982

    Oh brother, i just hope all will be fine and that there won’t be problems for the 360 version. Really waiting for that game.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Moonwalker1982

    I live on Holland, will this have any consequences for the european version?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    @12 It depends on where they go from here. The verdict as described in the post doesn’t actually mean anything except that CD Projekt Red has to ditch THQ for now and offer the deal to Capcom instead.

    Given that they seem pretty eager to put it behind them, it looks like the ball is in Capcoms court on that.

    #13 3 years ago

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